Houston chief Terry Grier considers whether granting pay bumps to teachers who hold master's degrees is cost-effective.

The New Teacher Project releases updated figures on teacher dismissals in Toledo after reviewing the district's peer-assistance and -review program data.

Center on Reinventing Public Education scholar Marguerite Roza and a colleague have a paper up about how districts could help to equalize uneven resources between richer and poorer schools without forcibly transferring teachers. (Disparities in teachers' salaries create much of the unevenness between more- and less-advantaged schools.) It's a fraught issue that's related to the "comparability" financial test districts have to pass in order to receive their Title I funding. If you're sufficiently interested in this wonky but important issue, read more in this related story. Then write in and let us know whether or not you agree with Roza's ...

Here's another teacher-related question on President Obama's budget request: Will it be good or bad for professional development? If lawmakers go along with cutting the Title II state formula grant program by half a billion dollars, then there'd already be fewer funds for professional development, unless class- size reduction—a large percentage of current spending under the program—is excised as an allowable use of the money. (Expect the teachers' unions to fight that tooth and nail.) And a few of the funding streams that have been consolidated were focused on professional development, such as the educational technology grants. ...

This is something that could change the mostly polite and noncommittal responses we've had so far on the budget.

I will confess to being somewhat confused by all the rhetoric around the new "college or career ready" accountability framework that the Obama administration is considering for the NCLB law. This Washington Post story makes a big deal about possible flexibility for the 2014 deadline, at which states' proficiency targets must reach 100 percent, and about the idea of intervening differently based on how far schools miss their targets. But wouldn't the idea of everyone graduating "college or career ready" still be pretty much a universal proficiency goal—and a harder one at that, if you believe our current standards...

In its FY 2011 budget request, the Obama administration has finally put its cards on the table with respect to its plans for the federal teacher programs.

he National Council on Teacher Quality has released its third encyclopedic review of state teacher-quality policies. Most states earned an overall D grade.

I'm swamped today finishing up a story for the paper, so I'm turning Teacher Beat over to you. I take continuous improvement seriously, as does Education Week, so I want to remind you that this blog is only good insofar as it supplies information and analysis that you find useful. So how am I doing? Which topics would you like to see more coverage of? Am I doing too much on teachers' unions and Race to the Top? Not enough on state teacher-quality policy? Would you find more news analysis helpful? More links to resources? Post a comment and let ...

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten had a brief call with reporters this afternoon in which she praised the Obama administration for proposing to boost education spending even as most other areas are slated for cuts. "We very much appreciate that the core education budget has been preserved," she said. Whether she'll like the specific education priorities in the budget is another story. So I asked about the Teacher Incentive Fund, since in a briefing Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan intimated prioritizing rewards for teachers and principals, according to this Politico story. Here's Weingarten's response: "We've seen some good examples ...


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